In November, we'll take you on another journey through the united states of cinema. The 12. American Film Festival equals the power of film impressions – favorite sections such as Highlights and retrospectives will return; films will compete again for awards in the Spectrum and American Docs competitions, and the Perspectives section will make its debut. However, this year's edition is unique in terms of the challenges that the organizers face due to the (COVID-19) pandemic.
We will do our utmost to make you feel comfortable and safe during the festival, but a lot depends on our cooperation with you – attendees of the American Film Festival. Below you’ll find a guide to help you find your way around the festival, i.a.information on changes in the reservation system and sanitary rules.
This year, sanitary measures are a priority. These guidelines will help, you as attendees and us as organizers, ensure the highest possible level of safety. We strongly ask that you comply with the rules below:
As organizers, we will ensure that:
Below, some helpful tips to take care of our common safety even better:
a) if you’re from Wrocław or the surrounding area – contact your primary care physician by phone,
b) if you’re visiting Wrocław – contact the Night and Holiday Healthcare facility by phone or use the First Contact Teleplatform;
keep this contact handy: 800 190 590 - 24/7 NFZ Helpline.
November 9-14, 8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
November 9-14, from 8:45 AM till the start of the last screening
Perhaps, after the New Horizons IFF, it would seem that you will also have to get up at 8:00 AM on festival days in November. However, booking films during the American Film Festival will take place at the usual time: beginning from 9th November, 8:30 AM you can reserve seats for shows on 9th and 10th November and from 10th November, 8:30 AM for the current and following day (e.g. on November 11th, you can reserve seats for shows on that day and November 12th).
Each festival attendee will receive their login in advance, which they can use to log on to the demo version of the booking system to practice "clicking" on screenings earlier.
We know the feeling: physical hunger wins over cinematic hunger so, to satisfy the former, at the last minute we “click off” a selected screening using one of the public computers in the cinema space and head out to grab some food. However, for the sake of our common safety, this year we had to give up the computers that allowed us to make and cancel reservations. All (unwelcome) microbes love computer keyboards. The process of disinfecting public computers would take too long and be contrary to the idea of fast booking. But every cloud has a silver lining: free Wi-Fi is available at festival venues and our booking system works efficiently in the mobile version. We encourage you to use your own devices.
We know that mass events generate a large carbon footprint. Which is why we strive to reduce the non-ecological, with each subsequent edition of the American Film Festival. One way is to reduce the number of festival tote bags, plastic badges and paper tickets. We encourage you to use digital tickets (as recommended by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate) – digital pass/accreditation is available after logging in by clicking on the profile icon (under "digital pass" button). If your eye catches a person with a printed pass – in most cases it will be someone from the festival’s crew. That way it’s easier to identify the members of our team. We recommend collecting your badge throughout the entire festival (not on the first day), to avoid queues.
A printed pass is not required to make a reservation. Just log in at americanfilmfestival.pl and show your digital pass (screenshot or its downloaded version) before entering the screening. Remember to brighten the screen and ensure good quality of the file/screenshot before presenting the pass.
This is also a recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate. Fewer box offices mean greater security (both for you and festival employees). We encourage you to purchase tickets through our website – the entire sales system is intuitive and easy to use.
Note: Festival box offices open November 9 (at 8:45 at the New Horizons Cinema). Prior to that, the only way to purchase tickets is online at nowehoryzonty.pl.
We will place special ballot boxes in front of each screening room for the competition films. Place your ballots in the boxes after indicating a rating of the film by appropriately tearing the ballot. You can pick up the ballots before entering the screening room. Volunteers and voting coordinators can help in problematic cases, but the whole process will be carried out as contactless as possible.
As every year, festival attendees are bound by the same rules of participating in film screenings, which will ensure the comfort of both the audience and festival employees:
We will not let you go hungry. During American Film Festival, we hope you’ll enjoy the bistro and café at festival venues, however, all restaurants will only serve take-out meals and drinks. We need to reserve as much space as possible for appropriate and safe traffic control in cinemas, so we're giving up eating areas during the festival.
Wo/man does not live by film alone. During this year's American Film Festival, other great events await you: a masterclass with John Waters, his stand-up comedy performance at the Vertigo Jazz Club combined with a drag show We Are Divine (tickets via the club's website); Jazz Morning Kids! Film Matinées with Live Music and discussion panels led by Michał Nogaś at Sztuka na Miejscu.
Please note: The festival pass or accreditation does not entitle you to enter the stand-up show or masterclass of John Waters. Admission to the literary meetings conducted by Michał Nogaś is free (limit of 70 seats).
During the 12th American Film Festival, you’ll have a chance to buy publications of the New Horizons Association and festival gadgets (including attendees’ favorite souvenir – the festival tote bag). The merchandise will be available at the festival ticket offices and at the New Horizons Cinema bookstore – Tajne Komplety.